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Dreamcatcher (2015)

Takes us into a hidden world of prostitution and sexual trafficking through the eyes of one of its survivors, Brenda Myers-Powell.

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Brenda Myers-Powell ...
Herself
T.T. ...
Herself
Keena ...
Herself
Temeka ...
Herself
Marie ...
Herself
Homer King ...
Himself, former pimp by the street name 'Fancy'
James ...
Himself, Homer King's father
Martha ...
Herself, Homer King's mother
Jeremy ...
Himself, Brenda Myers-Powell's adopted son
Keith ...
Himself, Brenda Myers-Powell's husband
Melody ...
Herself, Jeremy's biological mother
Ruth Myers-Vassell ...
Herself, psychologist, Brenda Myers-Powell's daughter (as Ruth Vassell)
Jethro ...
Himself, Melody's brother
Bridget ...
Herself, Brenda Myers-Powell's substitute
Sharita ...
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For twenty-five years Brenda Myers-Powell called herself 'Breezy' and she dominated her world, or that's what she thought. It was a world that had turned her into a teenage, drug-addicted prostitute. After a violent encounter with a 'john,' Brenda woke up in the hospital and decided to change her life. Today she is a beacon of hope and a pillar of strength for hundreds of women and girls as young as fourteen who want to change their own lives. 'Dreamcatcher' explores the cycle of neglect, violence and exploitation which each year leaves thousands upon thousands of girls and women feeling that prostitution is their only option to survive. By following the very charming, charismatic and truly empathic Brenda, we enter the lives of young women and see in verite footage their realities from their points of view. While the world may overlook these women and men, thankfully Brenda has not, providing an unflinching expose which contrasts seeming hopelessness against the difference that one ...

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Her story became their inspiration


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27 March 2015 (USA)  »

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While making the film, Crack House USA in Chicago in 2009, writer, producer Lisa Stevens met Stephanie Daniels-Wilson, founder of the Dreamcatcher Foundation. Stephanie and her Dreamcatcher co-founder, Brenda Myers-Powell, introduced Stevens to their work with young girls and women who were victims of sex trafficking. Stevens spent the next three year developing a relationship with Brenda and Stephanie. For Stevens, this relationship produced a deeper understanding of the work they do, which lead to the development of a treatment for a feature documentary. Teddy Leifer joined Stevens in 2012 to raise the production funds. Kim Longinotto came on board in 2013 to shoot and direct. Stevens and Longinotto spent an intense ten weeks on location filming in Chicago. Over the ten weeks, Longinotto shot about 27 hours of footage. Post production commenced at Splice Post Production in London. Editor Ollie Huddleston was engaged to work with Longinotto to cut the film. Stevens provided editorial guidance and key music and archive throughout the edit. See more »

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Dreamcatcher
22 December 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is said to be a documentary about human trafficking, but is it? Like grooming, trafficking is another relatively new buzzword used by opponents of prostitution. Obviously no half-decent person wants to see underage girls becoming ensnared in this vice, and for those at the bottom end of the oldest profession (is there a top end?) it is admirable that activists should attempt to offer them ways out, that much may be said for even the odious Catharine Mackinnon. However, it remains to be seen if the outreach work shown here does much if any good.

It is noteworthy that almost all the women who speak herein claim to have been raped or otherwise sexually abused, mostly as children, even a former pimp claims to have been sexually assaulted - he became lovers with his aunt! He saw his father beating up his mother, who stayed rather than walk out on him, so our pimp friend thought it was okay for him to beat his girlfriend.

"Dreamcatcher" drones on for nearly two hours, that is if you can make it to the end.


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